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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Childers Products Incorporated in Levittown, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

The former Childers Site (Site or Facility) has undergone investigation and groundwater remediation, with subsequent reporting and liability release per the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (Act 2).

In June 2010 achieved a positive determination for the Current Human Exposures Under Control Environmental Indicator (EI) and also for the determination for the "Migration of Contaminated Groundwater Under Control" (EI).



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Site Description

Interactive Map of Childers Products Incorporated, Levittown, Pennsylvania

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On December 25, 1985 a minor spill of polyvinyl acetate occurred. The spill was contained by a three-inch dike around the mixing tank. IN 1988, a Phase I hydrogeologic investigation was conducted. During this investigation a tank tightness test indicated that the 4,000 gal xylene underground storage tank (UST) was leaking. The UST was located inside the building beneath the concrete slab floor. A subsurface soil sampling showed contamination of xylene and ethylbenzene. In 1989 a Phase II Hydrogeologic Investigation occurred. During this investigation the 4,000 gal xylene UST was abandoned, evaluation of ground water for tidal effects from the tidally-influenced Delaware River was done, free product from the monitoring wells was removed, further delineation of soil contamination by soil gas survey was conducted and further characterization of groundwater contamination. During this investigation, soil remediation was determined to not be feasible at the site, due the building location. In 1990, an Environmental priorities preliminary assessment was done which should there were eight SWMU or AOCs at the site. A Remedial Action Plan for soil and groundwater contamination was conducted and an Act 2 Final Report of Site Investigations Remedial Activites and Risk Assessment was conducted. In order to get Act 2 approval an Institutional control prohibiting the on-site use of the groundwater was done.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Primary contaminants are benzene, 1,1-DCA, 1,1-DCE, 1,2-DCE, ethylbenzene, methylene chloride, PCE, toluene, 1,1,1-TCA, TCE, and total xylenes.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

    Institutional controls prohibiting on-site use of groundwater for potable purposes will be sufficiently protective of human health at the Site.

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    Land Reuse Information at this Facility

    The site is unused.

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    Site Responsibility at this Facility

    Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action activities at this facility have been conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3 with assistance from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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